MEXICO - Colima: Hogar de Amor y Protecciòn al Niño, AC

To show the love of Jesus by providing love, security, acceptance, identity and approval to the children at risk here in Colima, Mexico.

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Hope for the Nations has been in partnership with "Hogar de Amor y Protecciòn al Niño, AC", a ministry out of the church "Grupo Amor" in Colima, Mexico, since 1996. They have a well-established group of homes attending to the needs of children at risk in three different states. At the present time, there are 10 homes with another one under construction, that care for the needs of over 150 children, with the ages of the children ranging from new born to young men and women, completing their university education. In general, married couples, filling the role of house parents, run the homes with other staff and volunteers as helpers. In the State of Colima, we have seven different homes along with another home as well in the city of Palmarito, Puelba.

The lastest news can be seen in our newsletter.

 

If you would like to sponsor a child in one of these homes, please click here.

 

Casa Matriz ( March 1993)

In the Spring of 1993, Hogar de Amor Y Protección al Niño, bought its first house and moved the twelve children that were in a rented home into this building, which had previously been a boys orphanage. After building a two-storey addition, the home has the capacity to care for up to 44 children, ages 6-12 years old. From this home, children move on to one of our homes for teen boys or teen girls.
 

Casa Famoso (August 2009)
This home is part of a two-house project called “Las Golondrinas,” with a second house to be built in 2011, on an adjoining vacant lot that was bought with the house. This home is smaller in size and more family-oriented in that it will house sibling groups that we know will be with us for an extended period of time. The home opened with a family of seven children and we will add another family or two, to a maximum of 10 to 12 children.
 

Casa Tecoman (August 2009)
This home is small and family oriented, made up of sibling groups that we know will be with us for an extended period of time. It is located in Tecoman, a city about a 45 minute drive from Colima. This home opened with a family of five children and we will add another family or two, to a maximum of 10 to 12 children.
 

Casa La Familia
Hogar de Amor y Protecciòn al Niño took over responsibility for this home from another organization in the year 2005. It was located in a rented facility in the city of Ciudad Serdan, Puebla. We have since built a new home in the city of Palmarito, Puebla, which the children have already moved into. There is still finishing work to do on the main floor and construction needed to finish off the second level. There are currently 28 children in this home from babies to older teens, both boys and girls. Some of the children have grown up in the home and it is the only family they have ever known.

 

Casa Leonel
This home is specifically for sibling groups of children. The focus of this home is to provide a stable family environment for children while their parents are unable to care for them. This home has 16 children who will stay in this home and not move on when they become teenagers, but will stay until they are ready to go out on their own.



Casa Cuna Babies (March 1998)
Casa Cuna is focused on caring for children aged 0-6 years old. This home has the capacity for up to 25 children. When the children start elementary school, they will move over to either the Casa Matriz or the Casa Leonel.  Both homes are located on adjoining properties to the Casa Cuna.

 

Our partner organizations are Grupo Amor de México, A. R. and Partners in Action (PIA).[Click here to learn more about our partners]

Project Updates

  • HOPE is always grateful for its many volunteers who help make the work we do possible. Without the donation of ‘time’, we’d never be able to execute and accomplish the projects going on all over the world.

     

    This month, we are actively seeking volunteers to assist with projects in Colima, Mexico. Below you can find a description of the ‘ideal volunteer’. If this sounds like you, contact operations@hopeforthenations.com or call the main office at 250-712-2007 for more information.

     

    CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

     

    While we appreciate and will try to utilize specific skills, education, or occupations of our volunteers, our greatest need is for people who will come and help with day to day activities, and in turn enhance the lives of the children by their friendship, love, and encouragement.  Lightening the workload of our full time caregivers offers encouragement and rest to them as well.

     

    Volunteers may be single, couples, or even families. Young people during their gap year, adults wanting to give, families wanting to inspire their children. We ask that volunteers be a minimum of 18 years old, and that children in families are respectful to their parents and get along with their siblings. Our focus is to care for the children. We are not a place to rehabilitate wayward teens or to show children “how good they have it” compared to the poor orphans.  

     

    An ideal volunteer would be the following person:

     

    A servant. A person willing to come alongside and support the work that is already happening. A person willing to grab a mop, broom, dishcloth or toilet brush. A person willing to walk the halls with a crying child, or bandage a scraped knee.

    A team player. Work together with and learn from those that are already doing the job, in spite of language or cultural differences.

    A good example. Respectful to others, modestly dressed, demonstrating God’s work in their lives in their language and behavior.

    Loving and caring. Expressing love and acceptance verbally and through appropriate physical touch. Coaching, teaching, inspiring and encouraging the children to bring out their best qualities.

    Wise. Know when to offer helpful suggestions and when to accept the tried and true way of doing things. Accept cultural differences.

    Enthusiastic. Fun loving and energetic, willing to play with the children and encourage the long term caregivers.

    Flexible. Willing to work in the home where there is the most need, adapt to schedule changes and different routines.

    Self-motivated. Able to work with little or no supervision, see what needs to be done and take the initiative to do it.

    Our homes are founded on Christian principles and the children are taught about God’s love and forgiveness. While being a Christian isn’t a prerequisite, we expect our volunteers to uphold and encourage the values being taught, and attend church with the children.

     

    Duties may include:

    Housework – sweeping, mopping, laundry, dishes, cleaning bathrooms, dusting, window washing, etc.

    Supervision of older children doing the above noted tasks.

    Help with homework.

    “Eyes” during playtime to make sure children are being fair and playing nicely with their peers.

    Driving

    Night time supervision and care (one night per week)

    Meal preparation

    Long hours. Just like in a real family.

     

    Volunteers should be sufficiently mature to arrive to and depart from Colima on their own. We can offer helpful information about arrival airports, bus lines, address, phone numbers, etc. Volunteers should be financially able to support their personal needs during their stay in Colima. Room and board is provided for full time volunteers, although food is sometimes very basic and may need to be supplemented, especially in the case of special dietary requirements.

     

    Volunteers must have travel medical coverage for Mexico.

  • The importance of a father in a child’s life is an important one. The role itself is a blessing and an honour full of challenges, discovery, and emotion. Dennis and Diane Unrau are HOPE Agents in Hogar de Amor, Mexico.

    Dennis’ role as a ‘Dad’ is a unique one as he’s had the honour of being a father figure to hundreds of children over the years. This Father’s Day, he shares his story . . .

    “I consider it a privilege to be a father and became a father in December of 1980 when our first child was born. Our first experience at parenting was a whole lot different than we expected as our son Jeremy was born with severe Cerebral Palsy. I learned about things such as seizures, surgeries, and caring for a child who could not verbally communicate. Jeremy was followed three years later by our daughter Jennifer, and three years after her our last child Dustin was born.

    A few months before we knew that we were expecting Jennifer, we began to receive foster children into our home which opened our eyes and hearts to the needs of other children as well. Over the next five years, we cared for 13 children in our home; up to three at a time besides our own children.

    When we felt a call to come to Mexico and work with children, it was a decision that we made with our family. Our kids weighed in and it was agreed that we would come with a one year commitment. That one year has become almost 22 and our own kids, after graduating from the university here, have returned to Canada and established their careers.

    Since we have been house parents here in Mexico, we have directly cared for more than 200 children, walking the floors with crying babies at night, travelling with kids back and forth to school and church, shoe repair, camping trips, celebrating birthdays, hugs during TV time, etc.

    We have been responsible indirectly for fundraising, role modeling, and mentoring for several hundred more children over the years. The ministry currently cares for approximately 180 children, from babies to university students.”

     

    Happy Father’s Day from Hope for the Nations!

  • When a HOPE partner has been in operation as long as Hogar de Amor has, it’s a wonderful thing to be able to see the fruits of their labor spanning over a number of years. Hogar de Amor has been building and operating children’s homes in Colima, Mexico since 1996. They care for over 150 children on a regular basis ranging in age from newborn to college/university students.

    For twenty years, the staff and volunteers have watched as children at risk have been given a caring and loving home, access to food and health care, and have received fresh hope for the future.

    In their Spring Newsletter, Hogar de Amor shared some of the stories of the children who were raised in their children’s homes and where they are now and how the care they received changed their lives and we wanted to share some of those stories, long and short, with you here:

    Valeria (14) came to us along with her older sister Nidia at the age of 2. She now attends our school Instituto Adonai.

    Jorge (22) arrived at Hogar de Amor in December 1999 at just 5 years old. He was a nice little boy, although a little shy. School was a challenge for him, but with a lot of enthusiasm and hard work he was able to finish junior high. When he learned how to drive a motorbike and the orphanage pick-up, he became a great help around the home as he went here and there collecting donations and delivering children to different events. We offered to give him the opportunity to study a technical career, as we didn’t think he had the ability to finish high school. He took an electronics course for 6 months, but he insisted that he wanted to study high school. To our surprise, he finished his high school, all the while helping out as a driver while he studied. Once again he asked us if he could keep studying, and thanks to his tenacity he was accepted in university. He is presently finishing his Bachelor’s degree in International Commerce. He completed his social service in state government offices, and then his practicum in PEMEX, the national gas company. We give thanks to the Lord for Jorge and his perseverance. We have been amazed by all that he has accomplished through his tenacity and the help of God. Jorge’s faith, kind heart, hard work and dedication will help him realize his dreams.

    Monse (18) came to us at 2 years of age. She is helping in one of children’s homes,Casa Esperanza, until she resumes university in the fall.

    Noemi Monserrat Gonzalez arrived at the Casa Cuna when she was 2 years old.She was a busy (naughty!) little girl who insisted she wanted to sleep in a bed rather than a crib, and proved she was capable by never falling out. She is now 12 years old and has changed so much. This past school year, in particular, she has excelled to achieve second place in her 6th grade class. She has matured in other areas as well. She helps in the kitchen with lunch prep and preparing snacks for the children to take to school. She helps us keep an eye on the three younger girls in the home by anticipating their antics until the adult in charge comes out in the morning. It is wonderful when we see our kids mature and begin to use their energy to help and inspire those that are following in their footsteps. Way to go Noemi!

    Jaquie (16) came to us at the age of 3 months. She is presently in “Los Golondrinas” home, studying in grade 10.

    We love to hear these and similar stories of change in the lives of children at risk happening all over the world thanks to the hard work of HOPE partners, volunteers, and supporters!

  • COLIMA, MX:  One of the local malls recently held a “chorale” concert, where local groups were invited to enter and perform three songs. Casa Leonel heard about this event and decided to throw their hat in the ring! Under the direction of Esther Palacios, one of the members of the church Grupo Amor, ten of the children got busy and practiced and memorized and practiced some more! Their three Christmas songs included percussion instruments, choreography, and song. They donned Santa hats and scarves and set out to perform. Well, I have to say it was awesome! What a testimony! Here these kids are in the middle of a busy mall dancing and singing about the birth of Jesus. One of the songs they sang is translated: “We celebrate with joy about what is heard about in all the earth. Jesus is born, the light has come. We have seen His star shine this Christmas; it guided us to where He is. We bow to worship and bring the best that we have for the king. It’s Christmas.” The kids knelt with their hands raised in worship right there, up on the stage, in the middle of all the people. It brought tears to our eyes! If that was all, it would have been enough, but there’s more! THEY WON! The competition was stiff, but they came away with first prize, a cheque for $5,000 pesos (about $400 dollars). Even more than the money, we are so happy for them as it was such a boost of self-confidence for them to get out and compete like that and to actually win something. Many of them had never won anything or received recognition like that in their lives before. Way to go! Congratulations Kenia, Ana, Monse, Jaquie, Naomi, Pépe, Christopher, Narvick, Emiliano and Juan Ramon!

  • Christian is a young man of promise, who at one time was looking at a future that held no hope.  He came to us in August 2003 along with his two older brothers from a government orphanage. When they arrived, we were surprised to see how tiny they were for their ages, and suspected that the boys suffered from malnutrition previous to their stay in the government home.

    Christian thrived in an environment of love and protection while living in the boy's home, where he received ongoing sponsorship from HFTN. He developed a sense of family and began to grow in self confidence, in faith, and in physical stature. He got to enjoy being a kid: riding his bike and playing basketball with the other boys.

    One day, out of the blue, his birth mother showed up. This threw he and his brothers off course, because they never thought they would ever see their mother again. After some soul searching, Christian’s two brothers, David and Abel, decided to go and live with their mom. This caused a great deal of indecision and anguish in Christian’s life. What should he do – go with his mom who he didn’t know, but get to live with his brothers, who had been the most constant people in his life? Or, stay with his new family? Christian decided to stay. In subsequent visits to his brothers for a weekend here and there, he saw their values and lifestyle deteriorating, and he knew that he had chosen God’s way for his life. Christian remained strong and continued to see his life move forward.

    In May 2011, he moved to Mexico City and attend Bible School for a year. This was a great step of faith for him, and he contributed to his living expenses while HFTN covered his tuition fees for the year. Not only did he grow in faith, he also developed valuable educational experience and life skills.

    Upon returning to Colima, Christian has started helping run the boy's home and has taken an active mentoring role for the boys. Meanwhile, he is continuing his own education to complete his high school equivalency.

    Christian is grateful for the opportunity he has been given to study, know the Lord, and give back through HFTN’s One-to-One Child Sponsorship project.

  • Joel Martinez, houseparent in the Casa Matriz and soccer coach submitted this story
    Some of the larger companies in Mexico become involved in social programs in order to give back to their communities. One of these companies is Dr. Simi, a chain of pharmacies that specialize in generic medicines and vitamins. They recently sponsored a soccer tournament for the institutions that they support. The teams were to be made up of children born between 2000 and 2003. Well, the team we entered from the Casa Matriz only had one child born in 2000, and the rest of our players were younger. When we got to the tournament, the first team that we played, were boys that were born in 1998 and 1997 (I know…the rules can always be “bent” a little!). Well, of course these guys were much bigger than our kids and quite sure that they were going to win.

    As they were making fun of us, the game began. We scored our first goal, and by 7 minutes into the game we were winning 2 – 0. They quit making fun of us and began to get mad, sending some very hard shots our way. However, our boys weren’t afraid and at the end of the second half, we were tied 2 – 2. We won the winning goal in overtime with a long shot that their defense deflected, but not enough to keep the ball from entering the goal. When we arrived to play our final game, the people weren’t making fun of us anymore, but rather cheering us on! In this final game our smallest boys surprised everyone with their courage and determination, leading us to win 3 – 2. In spite of the fact that the other teams played dirty and had many infractions against them, our boys played strong and clean and won their games to become champions of this tournament. When it was time to present the medals and the trophy, the organizers of the tournament congratulated our boys because nobody thought they had a chance of winning, let alone becoming the champions. The boys were called small, but “hot like chilies!”

  • We have had three girls celebrate their 15th birthday in the past two months which is the “big “ birthday for them in this culture. Their names are Brenda, Cynthia and Lety.

    We would like to make special mention of Lety who is the oldest children of seven in the Famoso family. These children have been totally abandoned by their family but have found love and acceptance in a famly atmosphere in the Casa Famoso, one of our smaller homes which was actually named after them. The house parents found donations of different things and had a party for Lety. Someone provided the food, someone else centre pieces, someone else lent Lety a dress and Lety was princess for a day.
    Lety has some learning dissabilities and she is presently in first grade of secondary school. She is going to a school that addresses children with learning challenges. Lety has achieved third place in her grade due to her hard work and study habits.
    Congratulations Lety!

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